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Ronnie O'Sullivan 3/1 to land all three Triple Crown titles after record-extending eighth Masters success

With two of the 'Triple Crown' titles already under his belt this season, ‘The Rocket’ is showing no signs of letting up as he further cements himself at the summit of the world rankings.

The Englishman needs just one more World Championship title to beat the record he shares with Stephen Hendry and his current form suggests he can still continue to challenge for the top prizes going forward.

O’Sullivan will undoubtedly now have his eye on a seasonal Triple Crown – World Championship, The Masters and UK Championship – having added the 2024 Masters title to his recent UK Championship success with a rousing comeback victory over Ali Carter.
 

O’Sullivan still going strong

There have been a number of times over the years that O’Sullivan has seemed to have fallen out of love with the sport.

Many would have predicted, at the age of 48, that ‘The Rocket’ may have decided that it was time to call it a day at this stage, with the young guns now targeting him.

But O’Sullivan seems to have got back his desire and his enjoyment, and the world number one demonstrated that with an imperious week at the Barbican, defeating Ding Junhui in the December final to seal a record-extending eighth UK Championship crown.

In doing so he became both the oldest and youngest winner of the event, triumphing 30 years after he claimed his first title at the tournament at the age of 17.

He made identical history at the Masters in January too, where, despite admitting to being below his best, O'Sullivan reigned supreme in North London, capturing his eighth title - 29 years after his first.

He fought back from 6-3 and 7-6 down to overpower Carter 10-7, and become the oldest ever winner of the Masters.
 

Big trio target for O’Sullivan

The man from Essex is already one of 11 players to have won all three of the snooker Triple Crown tournaments, but he hasn’t previously achieved all three titles in the same season.

The only three players to have managed that feat are Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams – can O’Sullivan join that illustrious group in 2023-24?

The Rocket already has the UK Championship and Masters titles under his belt, even if he appeared slightly underwhelmed in the aftermath of his unprecedented success.

"I don't know how I've won this really, it's been a tough week and I've really had to dig deep. 'I am going blind, I have a dodgy arm and bad knees. And they still can't beat me," said O'Sullivan.

The 2024 World Snooker Championship will be the next Triple crown event on the agenda, with the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield hosting the tournament in April.

The 48-year-old has won the sport’s biggest prize twice in the last four years and can be backed at 3/1 to lift the trophy again in 2024, and cap off another record-breaking and history making year.
 

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